Monday, June 15
A lot of people seem to think Debbie already has it in the bag to win season 5 of The Next Food Network Star, but I'm not so sure. I may be a notoriously bad picker of reality show contest winners (I was so sure Clay Aiken was going to win!), but the fact that we've mostly heard only positive things from the judges and guests, makes me think they're trying to pull a fast one on us.
I found the thing Giada said about Debbie--something like, "I just want to sit on my couch with a cup of coffee and watch her."--along with all that praise and we-like-what-you're-saying looks from Susie and the rest of the bunch so brazenly highlighted by the producers. It's almost like they want to pound it over our heads: We Like Debbie!
Well, I'm not buying it.
I may be bad at picking winners, but I think I know when producers try to mislead an audience to make the "story" interesting.
That's also why I think we're not seeing the whole picture of Teddy, who's been portrayed mostly negatively in the past two episodes.
So far he's mostly just coming across as a bumbling fool. His idea of high energy on camera came off like a nervous high schooler on speed trying out to be a local weatherman or something ("We're going to have a GREAT storm tomorrow with GREAT thunder and GREAT wind...") as opposed to a knowledgeable culinary personality.
Remember what Susie told me in our interview: "It's a wild, really great ride this season and how it starts isn't how you think it's going to end."
It's reality show 101, peeps. If you're only portrayed positively, you're gonna get eliminated. Mark my word.
How long you think Debbie will last?